from the people you talk, to average americans, it seems like they get it. do you think congress gets it? >> i think they get it, but in many ways-- many of them get it, but it's hard to talk for all of them, but many of them also get the real-world political issues. they see taxes as a fundamental bedrock issue of what it means to be a republican. and if they give that up, they raise taxes, they lose a fundamental part of their identity as a party, then they weigh that against the economic damages that we hear about if we have a messy fight over the debt limit. those are the tradeoffs that leaders are making and where they come down depends on what they hear from their constituents. >> well, to be continued the day after christmas. we'll see what happens. thanks a lot, attorney. have a good weekend, washington bureau chief darren still ahead, our friday market monitor guest is looking beyond the fiscal cliff and he sees stocks moving higher in the new year. he's richard steinberg of steinberg global. >> susie: fiscal cliff fears, scared off investors today.